The wildfires have been blazing across the whole of the West Coast, forcing thousands to flee their homes.
California, Oregon and Washington have been severely affected by this year’s wildfires. More than 3.4m acres have burned so far with tens of thousands of acres burned in the last day according to the National Interagency Fire Center. More than 14,000 firefighters have been working non stop to help control the blazes–some have even done 24 hr shifts, according to CNN–but the flames have been hard to control, burning whole towns down and forcing thousands of people to evacuate their homes.
Here are eleven non-profit organizations currently helping out wildfire victims.
- The American Red Cross is working across all three states providing meals, health services, comfort and other support for affected residents. The organization is accepting donations and looking for volunteers to help out during wildfire season.
- California Fire Foundation’s Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency (SAVE) program, is accepting donations to deliver immediate relief, The organization provides $250 gift cards to eligible victims.
- The Napa Valley Foundation facilitates a long-term recovery mission in the most-impacted areas.
- The Center for Disaster Philanthropy is assisting with relocation for victims and both short-term and long-term recovery efforts in the area. Its Wildfire Recovery Fund is currently accepting donations.
- United Way of Northern California is giving emergency cash grants to those who have lost their homes.
- Herd and Flock Animal Sanctuary needs help homing displaced pets and re-building the business.
- The Community Foundation Santa Cruz County’s Fire Response Fund is helping those affected by the CZU August Lightning Complex Fires.
- The Salvation Army is accepting food donations, providing relief for the current wildfires and helping communities prepare for future natural disasters. Make sure to check The Salvation Army’s Website before making food donations to see if they’re still accepting them or are already at full capacity.
- KGW and KING-TV’s Northwest Response Fund is providing assistance to victims of the Oregon and Washington fires.
- San Diego Foundation. The foundation has activated the San Diego Regional Disaster Fund to collect funds aimed at the recovery and rebuilding from the Valley Fire and other wildfires currently impacting the San Diego region.
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For great resources on preparing your home and protecting your family against wildfires, you read this useful article by the weather technology company ClimaCell.